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Oct 2, 2018 10:54 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Boys Soccer Needs To Win Out To Make Postseason

Hampton Bays junior defender Steven Bonilla covers a Glenn player. DREW BUDD
Oct 4, 2018 10:42 AM

Since winning back-to-back games on September 17—a 3-2 victory over Southampton—and on September 20—a 5-1 victory over Bayport/Blue Point—the Hampton Bays boys soccer team has fallen on hard times, losing three straight to fall to 2-6 in League VI.

After getting shut out by both Shoreham/Wading River and Elwood/John Glenn on September 22 and 26, respectively, the Baymen broke out for three goals at Mount Sinai on Friday but it still wasn’t enough in a 5-3 loss. In that game the Mustangs took a 3-1 lead by halftime, only to see the Baymen close the gap in the second half. Senior co-captain Brayan Rivera scored a pair of goals while fellow co-captain Reymond Carillo scored the other goal for Hampton Bays. Sophomores Matt Arroyo and Mickey Bracken split time in goal and made seven saves apiece.

Hampton Bays head coach Scott Garofola said that his team lost a but of its focus at Mt. Sinai. The Mustangs scored off a long throw-in just as time expired at the half—whether the goal may have got in before time expired was debatable, Garofola said—but either way it caught the Baymen off guard.

"Those sort of things come with a kind of a youthful team. Even the guys who aren't young are new to the program," Garofola said. "We've definitely had our hiccups. The big thing this year is that we have a lot of talented players, but sometimes it's more about how we come together as a unit."

With four league games remaining on its schedule, Hampton Bays will need to win all of them to finish with a .500 record and qualify for the Suffolk County Class B playoffs. The Baymen hosted Center Moriches on Tuesday, and after playing at Southold in a non-league game on Thursday, October 4, at 4 p.m. they will play at Bayport on October 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Garofola said his team is well aware of the "big picture" and the possibility of making the playoffs or not, but he's urging them to stay focused with one game at a time.

Girls

It’s been a rough go of it for the Hampton Bays girls soccer team. It is still searching for its first victory of the season, sitting at 0-11 overall. The Lady Baymen have only been able to muster three goals all season. They suffered a pair of close 2-1 losses at Southampton on September 17 and at Pierson on September 26.

Hampton Bays will finish the season with three home games against Smithtown Christian (October 12), Mattituck/Southold/Greenport (October 15) and East Hampton (October 17).

Additional information was not provided for the girls.

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